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I am under the impression that this cannot be done, but would love to know if it can. And if so, why?

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Possible duplicate of Detaching a Microsoft SQL 32bit database and attaching it to a 64bit server. - question is worded differently but same answers apply – Mark Henderson Jun 24 '10 at 23:01
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This is possible the backup files are the same regardless of architecture.

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